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  • In 2020, the tiny-house movement saw an increase in interest and a boom in sales thanks to the coronavirus pandemic. 
  • Insider spoke to experts about what they think the movement needs to achieve this year for tiny houses to become a legitimate housing option.
  • Zack Giffin, the host of “Tiny House Nation,” said the movement’s main goal in 2021 is to convince more states and municipalities to legalize tiny houses across the country.
  • To do that, experts say, the movement must market itself as a great option for singles and couples with no children, it must rebrand itself as an affordable housing option, and it must distance itself from RVs and camper vans. 

When the coronavirus pandemic swept across the country in 2020, Nick Mosley didn’t know what would happen to his tiny-house construction business. 

In March, his business, California Tiny House, was operating out of a 12,000-square-foot warehouse in Fresno, California. Mosley braced for the worst, knowing he wouldn’t be able to market his company at festivals or offer tours for the foreseeable future. 

However, rather than see a downturn, Mosley was inundated with emails and phone calls from people inquiring about tiny houses. By December, Mosley had expanded his warehouse to 22,000 square feet and hired four more staff members to meet the demand and to keep his employees safe.

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The tiny-house movement is changing. picture alliance / Getty

It ended up being a record year for the company, which built 30 tiny houses in 2020 alone. It was a direct impact of the coronavirus, Mosley said, as new groups of people became interested in the growing movement. 

“The pandemic created a new need or created a new customer base that may not have been there previously,” he told Insider. “There are a lot of people that need backyard offices so that they can work from home but have separation from their family. There are college students that don’t want to be in dorms because they’re not socially distanced.” 

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Elon Musk praises China, says Tesla will continue to expand investments there

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Elon Musk praises China, says Tesla will continue to expand investments there
  • Elon Musk reassured Tesla’s commitment to China in a virtual speech at the World Internet Conference that’s hosted by the Cyberspace Administration of China.
  • Musk said the automaker will continue to expand its investments in the country.
  • It’s the second time this month Musk was highly complimentary of the nation that’s imperative to his electric vehicle company, saying it’s a “global leader digitalization.”
  • Less than two weeks ago, at the World New Energy Vehicle Congress, Musk said Chinese automakers were the “most competitive in the world.”

Elon Musk reassured Tesla’s commitment to China, saying the automaker will continue to expand its investments in the country.

Musk’s comments came in a pre-recorded question-and-answer style stream at the World Internet Conference, hosted by the Cyberspace Administration of China.

It’s the second time this month Musk was highly complimentary of the nation that’s imperative to his electric vehicle company, saying it’s a “global leader digitalization.” Less than two weeks ago, Musk, during another pre-recorded stream at the World New Energy Vehicle Congress, said Chinese automakers were the “most competitive in the world.”

“My frank observation is that China spends a lot of resources and efforts applying the latest digital technologies in different industries, including the automobile industry, making China a global leader in digitalization,” Musk said in the latest video. “Tesla will continue to expand our investment and R&D efforts in China.”

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New York City Busts Vans Used for AIRBNBs

‘Operation Room Service’: NYC Officers Bust Illicit Vans Used for Airbnb Rentals

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New York City Busts Vans Used for AIRBNBs

Authorities in Manhattan impounded seven van over the course of two days they say were illegally registered and used as Airbnb rentals on city streets.

Coined “operation room service,” deputies from the sheriff’s office, in partnership with the NYPD, busted more than half a dozen vehicles Thursday and Friday.

Sheriff Joseph Fucito told NBC New York that investigators discovered the parked vans on streets throughout Chelsea and the East Village were being used as rentals for Airbnb.

According to the records shared by Fucito’s office, all seven of the vans had license New Jersey license plates. Registrations for three of the vans had expired more than four years while three others had plates belonging to other vehicles. The seventh van wasn’t registered.

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Costco issues toilet paper warning

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Costco issues toilet paper warning

Costco Wholesale is having trouble fulfilling toilet paper orders.

The membership-only warehouse retail chain is issuing a warning to customers that have purchased the common household item online, saying they may face delays in receiving their orders.  

“Due to increased volumes, you may see a slight delay in the processing of this order,” Costco’s customer service team said in a purchase order confirmation email viewed by FOX Business

The retailer noted that the company is “working to fulfill everything as quickly as possible” and that customers will get a follow-up email with tracking information once an order has shipped.

The warning notice comes after the company indicated that it would reinstate purchase limits at some of its store locations as customers reportedly stockpile goods once again – mimicking the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic last year.

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